Jack O' Lantern in the forest
October 18th, 2019

It’s October, which means that almost anywhere you go, you’ll see signs of Halloween. From spooky decorations around the neighborhood, to carved pumpkins adorning front porches, to giant bags of candy piled high in supermarket aisles, it’s impossible to miss the festivities which culminate on October 31st. But why do we celebrate this holiday in the first place? Continue reading

ULC files suit against a North Carolina marriage official
August 27th, 2019

On August 26, 2019, the Universal Life Church Ministries (ULCM) filed a lawsuit against the Register of Deeds for Cleveland County, North Carolina. The suit alleges that this official has unconstitutionally utilized her position to block ordained ministers of ULCM from exercising their religious right to legally solemnize a wedding ceremony. Continue reading

Online ordination in Tennessee
June 24th, 2019

America was founded largely on the idea that people should feel free to worship as they see fit, and Tennessee’s attempt to curtail these rights for ULCM ministers simply because they became ordained and congregate via the internet is illegal and unconscionable. To that effect, the ULCM has filed a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee. Continue reading

Clackamas Church of Christ sign
June 11th, 2019

The Clackamas United Church of Christ in Milwaukee, Oregon has managed to unite Muslims, African Americans, the LGBT community, and many more groups in its quest to build up a dwindling congregation. The magic ingredient: eye-catching and uplifting messages on its roadside sign. Continue reading

Jesus nailed to the cross
May 9th, 2019

Today, most churches condemn rituals such as self-flagellation, but that hasn’t stopped devotees and devout believers from partaking in the practice. Why does it remain so popular? Continue reading

Person holding a cross with cannabis leaves
May 9th, 2019

Despite the growing popularity of cannabis, traditional religion remains quite wary of the substance. One California pastor is trying to change that. Continue reading

Army soldier with a beard
May 7th, 2019

An unnamed bearded soldier from the 795th Military Police Battalion has apparently been granted the right to preserve his facial hair as a form of worship to Thor, the red-bearded, hammer-wielding Norse god known to travel in a chariot drawn by two massive goats. Continue reading

Notre Dame Cathedral burning
April 20th, 2019

Over the course of several weeks prior to the Notre Dame blaze, three historically black churches in Louisiana were destroyed by an arsonist. And yet, what began as a tragic story of hate soon morphed into one of unity and common humanity. Continue reading

Jesus washing expensive Nike shoes
April 15th, 2019

A new Instagram account has caught on like wildfire in recent weeks, gaining over 125,000 followers (Christians and non-believers alike) by calling out high-profile pastors for their taste in expensive shoes and swag. Continue reading

Friend officiating a wedding ceremony
March 25th, 2019

A recent survey showed that 43 percent of couples chose to have a friend or family member officiate their wedding ceremony. What’s driving this trend? Continue reading